Bob Dylan, Paul Simon Pay Tribute to Muhammad Ali

By Annie Reuter

Two great clasic rockers, Bob Dylan and Paul Simon have joined those paying tribute The Greatest.

Related: Musicians Pay Tribute to Muhammed Ali

Dylan called Ali “the bravest, most excellent of men,” in a post on his website.

“If the measure of greatness is to gladden the heart of every human being on the face of the earth, then he truly was the greatest,” Dylan wrote. “In every way he was the bravest, the kindest and the most excellent of men.”

Dylan’s regard for Ali can be heard in his 1964 song, “I Shall Be Free No. 10,” written after Ali became World Heavyweight Champion for the first time.

“I was shadow boxing earlier in the day/I figured I was ready for Cassius Clay,” he sang.

Paul Simon also showed his appreciation for Ali, dedicating “The Boxer” and “The Sound of Silence” to the late boxing legend. “I’m sorry to tell you this in this way, but Muhammad Ali passed away,” Simon told the audience before the final verse of the former. Then he sang, “I am leaving, I am leaving, but the fighter still remains,” he sang.

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